TRAFFIC lights in Monkseaton that have been causing disruption for motorists for months have finally been removed.
They will return, however – but not until next year.
The temporary lights at the Front Street Metro bridge had been there since January, except for a brief spell in July, to allow Nexus to replace the bridge.
Utility companies were also forced to divert water mains and gas, electricity and telephone supplies running through the heart of the bridge.
Contractors completed the latest phase of the project on Thursday, enabling the lights to be removed before the bank holiday weekend.
The renewal of the bridge is not complete, though, and Metro operator Nexus has warned that it will need to carry out further work to finish off the project a year from now.
Bernard Garner, director-general of Nexus, said: “I know local people will be relieved the lights have been removed, and I can only apologise for the inconvenience caused.
“This is a vital project if motorists are to continue to use the bridge long into the future.
“We will have to return to complete renewal of the structure, but we will be planning this carefully with utility companies and making sure residents are kept informed and can raise issues with us.”
The renewal of the bridge is part of the £385m Metro: All Change modernisation programme.